The Queensland State government introduced new smoke alarm laws that took effect from 1st January 2017. These laws mandate the use of interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms and specify the type, position and interconnectedness of smoke alarms in domestic dwellings. These laws will eventually apply to all Queensland dwellings, starting with new and ‘substantially renovated’ dwellings. The official regulations can be found here.
Photoelectric smoke alarms, sometimes also called optical or photo-optical smoke alarms, can detect visible particles given off by a wide range of house fires. They are particularly sensitive to smouldering fires and the smoke given off by foam furnishings or electrical (PVC) wiring that has been overheated, hence their value in detecting fires in homes and other dwellings. These smoke alarms are also less likely to activate in response to cooking fumes (nuisance alarms) and contain no radioactive materials.
While these new regulations currently only apply to new homes and those with substantial renovations, the requirement for interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms will apply to all dwellings being leased or sold from 1st January 2022. If you are considering renting out your home or selling it sometime in the next three or four years you will need to have these new smoke alarms installed or risk voiding your home insurance in the event of making a claim.
The final phase of the role out of this legislation will apply to all domestic Queensland dwellings from 1st January 2027.
Quite apart from the legal requirement to use photoelectric smoke alarms, the increased safety you will have in your home by using this new technology is reason enough to upgrade your old smoke alarms.
Call us to discuss your current smoke alarms, what is required to ensure you are in line with these new smoke alarm laws and how fitting new photoelectric smoke alarms will ensure an extremely high level of fire safety in your home.